Could the opposite also be a thing? An urge to disconnect the dots.illusory pattern perception. or connecting-the-dots.
I mean, if you send out two jets to a radar target that displayed anomalous behavior, and at merge plot the pilots also observe an object showing anomalous behavior, the dots are connected. At least they would be in any "normal" situation. Imagine the object simply being a small plane, nobody would argue in that case that the radar return was something different.
That does not mean we have solid scientific evidence that the radar return and the visible object were the same, but to say that assuming they are the same is a case of "illusory pattern perception" goes a bit too far in my opinion.